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Skygazing : See Crescent Moon in Surat

Look at the beauty of Crescent Moon and fall in love with skygazing. First glimpse of Crescent Moon marks the end of fasting month – Ramadan.

WHERE
In Surat, India
Co-ordinates are 21.1 ° N latitude 72.8° E longitude

WHEN
21st May 2020 to 25th May 2020

WHAT YOU CAN SEE

Crescent Moon

WHAT YOU NEED
Sense of DirectionObservation Skills & Patience a lot of it.


DATEMOONRISEMOONSET
21-May5:02 am 78° E6:05 pm 285° W
22-May5:39 am 73° E6:57 pm 289° W
23-May6:24 am 69° E7:52 pm 292° W
24-May7:05 am 66° E8:48 pm 295° W
MOON RISE n SET TIME IN SURAT
22 MAY is a New Moon Day (Amavasya)

Moon rises almost an hour late than the previous night. On Fullmoon day, Moon rises after sunset while on newmoon day it rises along with the Sun.

DATESUNRISESUNSET
21-May5:58 am 72° E7:12 pm 288° W
22-May5:58 am 72° E7:12 pm 289° W
23-May5:58 am 72° E7:13 pm 289° W
24-May5:58 am 72° E7:13 pm 289° W
SUN RISE & SET TIME IN SURAT

Day length is over 13 hrs.


22 May is the New Moon day. There will be no moon on that day or night. A day before that is tonight it will be visible faintly in the west before the Sunset. It will be difficult to see in most areas. To be able to enjoy a perfect crescent moon, you will have to wait after Sunset on 23 May or 24 May.

Never look at the Sun directly at any point of time. It is harmful to eyes. Follow proper guidance and precautions.

On 23rd May, Moon will be visible only 1-2% so it will be very faint in the night sky and near to horizon. Places where you have flat clear unpolluted sky, you may be able to see it. Possibility of seeing is only 5% but once you see young Moon, you will never forget it. Often the sky behind turns pink, blue or orangish during first day because of it’s close timing with the Sunset.

SKY FROM FLYOVER IN SURAT

On 24th May, early in the morning just right after Sunrise there is a possibility to see crescent Moon but it will be dimly light near by the Sun so it cannot be seen. Never look at Sun directly. Follow proper care and precautions. It can damage your eyes.

On 24th May evening is the best time to see Crescent Moon. After sunset, slowly darkness falls upon us. Moon will be lit 3-5% in the night and best possible time to catch a glimpse of it. First view of Crescent Moon marks the end of Ramadan month. So it also as religious attachment for some.

Crescent Moon in Surat

Patience is the key.

Moon isn’t visible right away. Even though Moon is above the horizon, it is not visible to us due to pollution in city as well as the luminance is not at it’s maximum. If you are lucky to be in the right place and have keen observation, you may be able to see it below that point as well.

Moon is magic. Once you see the first glimpse of Moon rising behind the trees or dark clouds or some far off houses, you will be captivated in the magic. It takes around 15-20 mins for the Moon to be clearly visible. So in this case it will be around 7:30 PM you can be sure to get a clear glimpse. To be able to see before that luck is needed.

Feel spiritual vibes while skygazing at Crescent Moon marking the end of Ramadan.

Look for planets and stars as well. As you wait while Crescent Moon is visible or once it has been seen until your heart is filled with joy, happiness and serenity, you can look for VENUS which will be visible in the West as well. Also you can look a bit towards the South-East near the horizon or a bit high up by 9pm to be able to see ANTARES.

Wonderful experience. Looking at the sky on any given day or night is a beautiful experience but when you have a lot happening on a single night within a span of hours then it’s the best experience. Enjoy sky gazing with your friends or young children.

NEW MOON

On 22 May Moon will not be visible. It is the darkest phase of Moon. Locally it is called as “Amavasya“.


Let us know how your experience was in the comments section below. Feel free to ask any questions related to Crescent Moon or sky-gazing in general. Share your view and share it with your friends.

Skygazing : Apparent motion of the stars

Earth revolves around the Sun and rotates on its own axis. Moon revolves around the Earth. Since Earth rotates on its axis from West to East, the sky appears to move from East to West. This can be seen easily with the movement of Sun and Moon across the sky during the span of hours. Similarly at night, stars move across the sky. Even though stars are very far away from us and they are not in moving around us, but due to the motion of Earth on its axis it seems that stars are moving around us.

Sky moves gradually over the night. If you are into sky gazing and enjoy looking at the stars, planets and Moon, you will notice slight movement of these objects with passing of hour. Often by using camera locked onto to a particular star, beautiful star trails are captured which so how the apparent movement of stars is a beautiful phenomenon.

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Some move right while others move left. Now that we understand that stars move in the sky from East to West, you will find that when you are facing towards the North, the sky seems to move from your right hand side towards your left hand side. When you are facing the South, the sky seems to move from your left hand side towards your right hand side. This apparent movement becomes a great experience when you observe the stars from a vantage point high enough to get a good glimpse of horizon in all sides. You will feel as if there is a line passing through from the sky to your location and all stars North of it move in a certain direction and all stars South of it move in opposite direction.

South sky is light up in Surat. If you observe Scorpius constellation rise in the sky tonight from Western India, it will be coming up in the South-East sky and slowly move towards the West not rising high enough to reach overhead. While Virgo would be higher than Scorpius and too far ahead will be Leo. All this while you are facing the South. You will see many stars directly towards the South shining in groups. Hadar, Rigel and Regor are particular in this sky. Canopus is not visible in summer.

North star helps to determine the direction at night. Then if you look in the opposite direction towards the North, you will see Vega star coming up in the sky late into the night and the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are going round about the Pole star. Venus is on the left hand side of you towards the west and it will go down the horizon.

More you look more you see. As you keep looking at the sky and your eyes get adjusted to darkness you will see more and more stars coming up like little bulbs of light


Skygazing : Stars visible on 9th May 2020 in Surat

Best view of Virgo constellation.

Let your eyes adjust to darkness for best experience. It will take 30-45 mins.

09:00 PM Surat

Stars in Virgo constellation

Moon is yet to rise tonight. In another 30 minutes moon will shine bright in the sky, but until then I enjoyed the view of Virgo constellation and the stars in it. As often the bright stars Spica and Porrima are easily identified. They are nearly overhead slightly towards the East. Following in near Spica towards the left, Syrma and 109 Vir are visible. Towards the top, Porrima is forming a V shape with other stars like Zaniah, Zavijava on oneside and Mineleva and Vindemiatrix on the other side.

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As the stars are above head, it is getting a bit difficult to constantly stare at them, but once you position yourself well, you can enjoy the complete picture forming an imagination of a Virgo constellation in your mind with the stars in the sky.

Another group of 4 stars forming a nearly perfect quadrilateral image in the sky near by Spica towards the South. Those are Minka, Gieneh Gurab, Algorab & Kraz. They can be mistaken for Libra constellation.

Just rising up in sky from the east is Scorpius constellation. Four stars are visible – Antares, Acrab, Dschubba and π Sco.

Towards the south now familiar Hadar, Becrux and Gacrux are visible. Some more stars of less magnitude are shining in the south sky. Menkent is visible clearly enough. Rigilkent has not come up

10:00 PM

Moonrise shining beautifully.

After adjusting for darkness I was able to see Libra constellation above Scorpius.


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Skygazing : Stars visible on 8th May 2020 in Surat

Let your eyes adjust to darkness for best experience. It will take 30-45 mins.

08 May 2020 09:30 PM Surat

Antares is visible. Antares is the brightest star in Scorpius constellation. The three stars in this constellation which form a line and signify claw of the scorpion image are in close proximity to the Moon. One star on the left is very near to the Moon (conjunction) in the night sky as seen from Earth, though in space all objects are too far and nothing is behind one another.

Antares is going to be in conjunction with Moon at 4 am.

08 May 2020 08:30 PM Surat

Moonrise with a yellowish taint. Shining bright in the night sky. Yellowish glow around the moon is seen. Slowly the sky is getting bright.

Regor goes down in the South-West sky. It is visible fairly bright in the South sky. Other stars are dimly visible around it.

Stars in Libra constellation

Due to close proximity to Moon in the sky tonight, it is difficult to make out any stars in the Libra constellation at this time. As the sky moves towards the west with hours passing by, they may be visible.

08 May 2020 08:00 PM Surat

Stars in Orion constellation

Orion is in the west sky and visible after sunset.

Stars in Leo constellation

After sunset Leo is rising high in the sky at zenith. Between 7-9pm it is best visible today since the Moon has not risen yet. At 8pm Leo is right above the head. Regulus, Algieba, Denebola and Chort are visible.

Stars in Virgo constellation

Distinctly visible stars in the Virgo constellation are Spica and Porrima. Even after the Moonrises, they shine bright enough to be visible. Yesterday during full moon the sky was shining bright as it was super moon. It was bright enough that light from the moon was casting shadow and it was glazing the windows, balconies and streets.

FULLMOON SKY WITH CLOUDS ON 7th May in SURAT

Another group of 4 stars forming a nearly perfect quadrilateral image in the sky near by Spica towards the South. Those are Minka, Gieneh Gurab, Algorab & Kraz. They can be mistaken for Libra constellation.


See the Flower Full Moon from Surat, on the auspicious Buddha Purnima 7 May 2020

Enjoy beautiful experience of looking at Sunset and Moonrise back to back. As well as spotting Venus planet and Antares star.

WHERE
In Surat, India
Co-ordinates are 21.1 ° N latitude 72.8° E longitude

WHEN
7th May 2020

WHAT YOU CAN SEE

Sunset, Full Moonrise, Venus, Antares.

WHAT YOU NEED
Sense of DirectionObservation Skills & Patience a lot of it.


DATEMOONRISEMOONSET
05-May5:00 pm 93° E4:30 am 271° W
06-May6:03 pm 99° E5:14 am 264° W
07-May7:08 pm 105° E5:58 am 258° W
08-May8:13 pm 110° E6:45 am 252° W
MOON RISE n SET TIME IN SURAT

Moon rises almost an hour late than the previous night.

DATESUNRISESUNSET
05-May6:05 am 72° E7:05 pm 288° W
06-May6:05 am 72° E7:05 pm 289° W
07-May6:04 am 72° E7:06 pm 289° W
08-May6:04 am 72° E7:06 pm 289° W
SUN RISE & SET TIME IN SURAT

Day length is 13 hrs.


To get the best experience of full moon, observe the position of Moon and Sun, from your location today onwards. Once you get the hang of the position when the Sunrises and Sunsets, while at the same time knowing the position of Moon in the sky from your location helps in getting the first glimpses of Moon as it comes out of the horizon. If you are lucky, you will see orange-red shining Moon, that looks just like the Sun.

On 7th May 2020 Moonrise happens right after the Sunset. This is because Moon is exactly opposite to the Sun in it’s orbit around the Earth. This happens on every Full Moon. Hence it is the best time to enjoy Skygazing as you will be able to see, Sunset, Moonrise, Stars and Planets in the span of 1 to 2 hours, covering your quest for a total experience.

SUNSET FROM FLYOVER IN SURAT

As you look at the Sun from 6:30 PM in the west, sky will change it’s colour from blue to orange to red to dark blue and then eventually turning black. As the Sun goes down the horizon or in our case of being in urban city like Surat, it will be behind some buildings. Only near the Tapi river or in the outskirts of city, do we have the luxury of being able to see the horizon.

Sunset between building in Surat.

Patience is the key.

Wait and watch for the Moon. It’s time to face east now. If you have observed the Moon on 5th and 6th May, you will get clarity on where it rises from in your location. If there are buildings obstructing in your vicinity, it’s better to position yourself on top of a building or move somewhere so that you can see the horizon.

Moon isn’t visible right away. Even though Moon comes above the horizon, it is not visible to us due to pollution in city as well as the luminance is not at it’s maximum. Once it goes up around 10° above the horizon, it can be easily spotted. If you are lucky to be in the right place and have keen observation, you may be able to see it below that point as well.

Moonrise in Surat

Moon is magic. Once you see the first glimpse of Moon rising behind the trees or dark clouds or some far off houses, you will be captivated in the magic. It takes around 15-20 mins for the Moon to be clearly visible. So in this case it will be around 7:30 PM you can be sure to get a clear glimpse. To be able to see before that luck is needed.

Feel spiritual vibes while skygazing on Buddha Purnima.

Moon changes it’s colour as it comes up in the sky. When you first see the Moonrise, it may shine bright red, dark red or pinkish in colour. As it goes up it certainly changes from being red to being yellow and then as it goes up in the sky it changes to its popular full moon white bright colour. If you cannot see the Moonrise, you just have to wait until it has gone around a building or rise past some obstruction for it to be visible from your balcony, window, terrace or house.

Look for planets and stars as well. As you wait while Moon is rising or once it has been seen until your heart is filled with joy, happiness and serenity, you can look for VENUS which will be visible in the West. Also you can look a bit towards the South-East near the horizon or a bit high up by 9pm, to be able to see ANTARES.

Feeling hungry is common. You may get tired by constant gazing of sky from 6:30 PM till 8:30 PM, so it is better to keep some light snacks with you as well as sufficient water. It is best accompanied with some light music. By the time you are done with looking at all the shining objects in the sky, you will be hungry for your dinner, so go and grab something to eat.

Wonderful experience. Looking at the sky on any given day or night is a beautiful experience but when you have a lot happening on a single night within a span of hours then it’s the best experience. Enjoy sky gazing with your friends or young children.

Looking at Moonrise on a Full Moon is captivating experience that you can never forget.

SUPERMOON

On 7 May 2020, the distance of Moon from Earth is around 3.59 lakh km, while on 15 May 2020 it goes far off 4.0 lakh km. Moon comes close to Earth that’s why it appears bigger than usual and the Full Moon is sometimes referred to as super-moon.


Let us know how your experience was in the comments section below. Feel free to ask any questions related to Full moon or sky-gazing in general. Share your view and share it with your friends.